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New TV Drama About the Imminent Arrival of a Killer Asteroid Feels Very Timely

Armageddon (1988)
Armageddon (1988)

Unfortunately, the CBS show—from executive producer Alex Kurtzman, whose TV credits include Fringe, Limitless, Sleepy Hollow, and Alias; he also directed the Tom Cruise Mummy reboot that’s out next year—is titled Salvation, suggesting it might not end with the asteroid smashing Earth into a billion pieces, as we all might currently be hoping


TV Line reports that CBS ordered 13 episodes in a straight-to-series deal, and shares the basic plot of the show, which will air next summer:

[Salvation] centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery: an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.


It’s been almost 20 years since Armageddon bested Deep Impact in the box-office race for space-borne doomsday superiority. But at a time when a giant meteor is running a semi-convincing campaign for president, and the world seems to be teetering on the brink of imminent doom anyway, extinction-level events as entertainment are totally back in style.

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Always thought Deep Impact was the better film.